When is Free Not Free?

Just a quick post today to warn you to beware that certain High Street Stores seem unable to distinguish between the truth and fraudulent activity.

On Saturday afternoon I was in Homebase looking for new sofas for my house. I found a 3 seater sofa advertised at £699.90. This sofa was also advertised as coming with a free 2 seater sofa. So that would be a 3 seater sofa and a 2 seater sofa for £699.99 would it not? Well not according to Homebase, the 3 seater sofa with a free 2 seater sofa is £1099.95! So the “free” sofa is actually costing £399.96. Strange definition of free they are using.

Homebase Seven Kings 13th November 2010


I’ve just pointed out to Homebase they are committing Fraud Act offences of Fraud by Misrepresentation and also criminal offences in relation to the Consumer Protection Act. I wonder if they will actually sell me the sofas for £699.99 or will I have to make formal complaints to the Trading Standards.

Watch this space.

About spen666

I'm a 40 something football fan and cyclist. I've been a football fanatic most of my life and have completed the 92 football league & premier league grounds Added to this numerous non league grounds, a number abroad and you start to get the picture. I took up cycling in around 2000. Although my father was a former World Vets Champion, I got into cycling accompanying my son to ride in London. This was followed by my commuting to work each day into Central London. Then doing some Sunday rides, then some audax events (www.audax.uk.net) and then a week's cycling holiday in France with a friend. From there, I got more and more into cycling and in 2009 completed LEJoG and in 2010 rode in the USA with the Police Unity Tour. I completed blogs for those events at www.aminearlythere.blogspot.com and www.bothesidesofthepond.blogspot.com Feel free to read them and learn more about me. I live alone which suits me as it gives me time at weekends to pursue my interests of cycling and football. (Well what did you expect me to say? That I'm sad at being single?) I'm currently looking for my next challenge. Any suggestions gratefully received.
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